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SAP BPC Standard or BPC Embedded

In 2015, SAP released version BPC 10.0-Netweaver, incorporating two separate modeling paradigms. Underneath the covers, they both were SAP NW BW constructs. However, how they stored data, accessed data, integrated data, processed data, varied greatly.

Under the covers, the new Embedded version of BPC is the core of SAP’s legacy Business Warehouse Integrated Planning (BW-IP) tool.  The BW-IP application is highly integrated with the BW database, and by correlation, to the SAP ECC ERP system.

Long utilized, and highly accepted in Europe, BW-IP’s integration under the BPC umbrella is a move towards bringing the power of the technical, integrated BW-IP system together with the flexible, user-friendly BPC system.

While many did not realize it at the time, the move toward pulling together BW-IP under the BPC umbrella was a critical move in anticipation of SAP’s subsequent realize of S/4 HANA, the new version of SAP ERP system that utilizes the power of SAP in-memory HANA database to streamline and optimize transactional processing. Putting BPC-Embedded together with S/4 HANA means that users can achieve real-time planning without data duplication / data movement between ERP and BI / EPM systems.

This does not mean that SAP is phasing out the Standard BPC application. The user-facing, Finance-administered nature of BPC Standard retails a lot of appeal for many organizations. And in fact, SAP BPC can deploy both Standard and Embedded models on a single instance for a single purpose.
The following diagram breaks down points of differentiation and points of commonality between BPC Standard and Embedded models.